Loving One Another

By , February 15, 2020

“But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus,
‘And who is my neighbor?’”
Luke 10:29 NIV

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There seems to be as many definitions of the word “love” as there are people offering a meaning. One humorist suggested that, “Love is an itch you cannot scratch”.

Many definitions of love describe it as an emotion. What seems unique about Jesus’ definition of love is that He describes love as a verb—a way of relating to people.

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Don’t Waste Your Suffering #2

By , February 14, 2020

“It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees.
Psalm 119:71 (NIV)

 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

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Did you ever think that suffering is a school in which we learn invaluable lessons about ourselves and the One who created us?

What we looked at yesterday was the importance of learning about God’s amazing grace through His work in us and not just through singing the words of the hymn Amazing Grace. What can we learn about ourselves through suffering that is for our good?

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Don’t Waste Your Suffering

By , February 13, 2020

“It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees.
Psalm 119:71 (NIV)

 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

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Sally was a fellow cancer patient who was also a wonderful Christian wife and mother. The particular cancer she was fighting was the same as the cancer that took her mother when she was 12 years old. She was putting up a great fight, but it seemed she was losing the battle.

On my last visit she asked me if I thought she would win the war against this dreaded disease. I told her I hoped she would beat it and that I was praying she would, but I did not know the answer to her question. She did not want to see me again and I respected her wishes.

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A Word In Season

By , February 12, 2020

“The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
to know the word that sustains the weary.”
Isaiah 50:4 NIV

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Isaiah 50:4 is a life verse for me in my ministry. I have spent many years searching the wisdom of the Bible in order to have a good word for the person in pain and—among other things—a kindly rebuke for the believer who has wondered away from the path of obedience. Various times I have been asked by people for a word of wisdom they can give a friend who is suffering.

I recall a 10 year old boy who was dying asking me if there were dogs in heaven. He was missing his dog back home many miles from the hospital. He had not yet acknowledged directly that he was dying but he was concerned to know that when he went to heaven would it be a comfortable happy place where he might have a dog as a pet. Continue reading 'A Word In Season'»

Can We Trust Scripture?

By , February 11, 2020

Now the serpent was more crafty than any
of the wild animals the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God really say,
‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent,
“We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,
but God did say,‘You must not eat fruit from the tree
that is in the middle of the garden,
and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.
Genesis 3:1-4 (NIV)

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From the beginning of the human race, challenges have been made concerning what the Lord has or has not said and if He tells the truth or lies.

In our verses for today we witness the devil’s challenges to the honesty of the Lord’s clear warning to Adam and Eve. Through the serpent, Eve is assured that God was lying. Ironically it is the devil who is lying and soon enough Eve and Adam will fall victim to his lies as they believed him and doubted God.

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